The flagbearer of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Akufo-Addo, has launched a thinly-veiled criticism of President Mahama, saying during his tour of the Eastern Region over the weekend that he does not aspire for the presidency in order to take bribes or steal public money.
“I didn’t come into politics to steal the taxpayers’ money nor take a bribe. I came to contribute my quota towards the development of Ghana. I love Ghana, I want to see this country developed and succeed in all endeavour", Akufo-Addo said.
The NPP leader's remarks come weeks after the president received a Ford Expedition vehicle from a Burkina Faso businessman.
The businessman, Djibril Kanazoe, went on to win two contracts worth about GH¢100 million from the government, according to an investigative report by Joy FM’s Manasseh Azure-Awuni.
Opposition political parties and some civil society organisations have stated the vehicle was a bribe which was meant to induce the president to award contracts to Kanazoe.
President Mahama has, however, dismissed the allegations, stressing that he did not benefit personally from the gift and that he handed it over to the state.